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KIRKUK, IRAQ: Ahmed Isam (14) walks to his classroom at school...Ahmed's father was shot and killed on November 18, 2006. Ahmed was wounded the following day at the funeral when an al-Qaeda suicide bomber detonated a bomb, killing 4 people and wounding 18. The day after, one of his sisters set her self on fire and killed herself due to grief...Ahmed's left side paralyzed and he has trouble speaking...Kirkuk, the oil-rich city in northern Iraq, is home to Kurds, Arabs, Turkomen, Christians, Kakayi, and numerous other ethnicities. Since 2003, thousands of its residents have been killed or injured in terrorist attacks...As the US military leaves Iraq, the future of this violent and ethnically diverse city remains unsure...Photo by Pazhar Mohammad/Metrography
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